Bryant & May Move Into Twisted Territory
I’ve now delivered two new Bryant & May books; the first is for the Christmas season, and is entitled ‘Bryant & May: London’s Glory’. It will be out on November the 5th, and will be a collection of eleven missing cases, along with various oddities, background history, an essay on Golden Age detectives and the origins of the duo. On the same date, the paperback version of ‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’ will appear.
Then for 2016 there’s a new full-length novel entitled; ‘Bryant & May: Strange Tide’. I think I’m right in saying it’s the biggest book yet. I’ve delivered it, and am now working on a non-Bryant & May thriller. ‘Strange Tide’ takes the duo into some new territory and has opened up a fresh area for me to explore in the books. Likely almost all of the others, it can be read as a stand-alone but rewards regular readers with a few surprises.
It’s interesting to be writing character arcs which readers think have nowhere else to go, only to prove them wrong and find new places to take them. But that’s what we do – write ourselves into boxes and then prove there are ways out.
It did cross my mind that I should take them abroad, if only so that I could get a stab at foreign language sales, but ultimately I didn’t. The Bryant & May books are the only novels I write that never get foreign translation; I thought their Englishness might appeal, but so far there are no non-English editions (whereas ‘Hell Train’, say, is published in a very nice German edition).
I’ve always written for pleasure, though, and don’t chase the market. If anything, I’m heading off into deeper English territory. As I’m ahead of schedule I’m now going to take a break from writing B&M novels, just for a few months while I write a thriller, ‘The Gone Girl On The Train With The Tattoo’. It’s going to be big.